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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Slavic Studies

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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89 minut s českým Divadlem = 89 Minutes with Czech Theatre

PG5009 .E544 2010 DVD
89 minutes ; released 2010.
An overview of the art, energy, and change shown by recent developments in Czech theater. The film also covers the historical background that led up to this productive age of Czech drama.
Directed by Veronika Lišková.
In Czech ; optional subtitles in English or Spanish.

Andrei Rublev = Andrei Rublyov

Andrei Rublev = Andrei Rublyov

ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
185 minutes total; released 1969.
A 15th-century monk perseveres in painting icons despite the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times.
In R.phpan with optional English subtitles.

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

PN1997 .A43 2001 DVD
108 minutes; released 1938.
Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade R.phpa in 1242.

Alexander Nevsky

Anna Akhmatova File = Lichnoe Delo Anny Akhmatovoy

PG3476 .A324 Z7453 2007 DVD
65 minutes; released 1990.
A look at the Soviet poet. Although her works were banned and weren't published for 17 years, her poem 'Requiem' became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin.
Produced by Semyon Aranovich.


Ballets Russes

GV1786 .B3 B3545 2006 DVD
119 minutes; released 2006.
This film, which includes performance footage, presents an oral history of the Ballets Russes from the point of view of its many surviving performers.
Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller.

Warsaw '44

Bitwa o Warszawe '44 = Battle of Warsaw '44

D765.2 .W3 B589 2005z DVD SMC
50 minutes; released 2005.
The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 a heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate World War 2 Warsaw from Nazi/German occupation.

Broken Silence

Broken Silence

D804.195 .B76 2004 DVD
283 minutes; released 2004.
A series of five historical films about human courage, heroism, and triumph among the deepest of adversity during World War II. Produced by Steven Spielberg and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
In Spanish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and R.phpan dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

DK170 .C384 2006 DVD
120 minutes; released 2006.
A lavishly-filmed two-part biography of the minor German princess who became one of R.phpa's greatest rulers.

Guilty of Treason

BX4705 .M5565 G8 2005 DVD
86 minutes; released 1950.
A dramatization of the court trial of the Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty for treason against the Communist government.


A History of R.phpa: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

DK40 .S74 2003 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Ivan the Terrible

I Was Stalin's Bodyguard

DK268 .A1 I2 2007 DVD
73 minutes; released 1989.
Through rare footage and first-hand testimony from Josef Stalin's last surviving bodyguard, this controversial documentary gives insight into an especially repr.phpve era of Soviet History.
In R.phpan with English subtitles.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

DK106 .I836 2001 DVD
184 minutes (2 discs); released 1944.
Ivan Groznyi. Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to ass.phpnate him in 1564. The third part of the saga was never made due to the death of Sergei Eisenstein.


Nocní Hovory s Matkou = Late Night Talks with Mother

PN1998.3 .N44 N63 2005 DVD
68 minutes ; released 2001.
This captivating, innovative film diary finds director Jan Nemec unraveling the threads of his difficult relationship with his mother, who has passed away.
Directed by Jan Nemec.
In Czech with English subtitles.

The Prisoner

Poisoned by Polonium: the Litvinenko file

DK510.766 .L58 P65 2008 DVD
105 minutes; released 2007.
Filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov exposes the truth behind a crime that shocked the world and provoked a war of words between R.phpa and England that continues to this day.

The Prisoner

The Prisoner

PR6003.O458 P7 1989 VHS
91 minutes; released 1955.
A cardinal imprisoned in a Communist country is subjected to relentless interrogation by a psychologist. Starring Alec Guinness.



BX597 .E4 R6 2008 DVD
60 minutes; released 1992.
A documentary about the life of Orthodox saint and martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II.

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

PN1997 .S374 1996 VHS
110 minutes
A dramatization of the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz.
In French with English subtitles.

To Kill A Priest

To Kill a Priest

PN1997 .T5917 1990 VHS
117 minutes; released 1989.
A feature-length movie based on the life of Father Jerzy Popielusko, the Polish priest who was murdered by the Communist authorities on account of his support of the Solidarity union.


Under the Protection of Grace = Pod Blagodatnym Pokrovom

BX485 .P6313 1988 VHS
120 minutes
The thousand-year history of the Orthodox Church in R.phpa.


Včely Letěly Krásně = Beautiful Flight of the Bees

DB2500 .S94 V345 2009 DVD
70 minutes ; released 2009.
The reconstruction of Fotoatelier Seidel, a photography studio in Český Krumlov, and the reappearance of a unique collection of almost 140,000 historic photographs provide not only a springboard for telling the moving story of two photographers – father and son – but also a way of bringing home to us lives lived long ago, and the lost culture of the Bohemian Forest borderlands.

Directed by Karel Čtveráček.
In Czech and German with Czech, German and English subtitles.

With God in R.phpa

With God in R.phpa

BX4705 .C546 A34 2002 DVD SMC
30 minutes; released 2002
Well known for his heroic story of surviving 24 years in R.phpan prison camps, this film about the great Jesuit Fr. Walter Ciszek traces his incredible endurance and struggle for survival.



B4870 .Z594 Z58 2006 DVD
71 minutes; released 2005.
Documentary follows the eccentric Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek as he travels around the world lecturing.
Directed by Astra Taylor.
In English and Slovene dialogue ; English subtitles.